February 2, 2015

Clean Off Your Desk – Less Paperwork with a Home-Tech Service Agreement

CleanYourDeskWell, it came and went – National Clean Off Your Desk Day – it was last week. And I don’t know about you, but I still haven’t cleaned off my desk. Clean Off Your Desk Day makes plenty of sense – it’s a new year, after all, and we’re still only around three weeks into it – an uncluttered desk means an uncluttered mind, right? Unfortunately Feng Shui is not always easily achieved when you’re trying to organize bills, loose change, paper clips, business cards, receipts (we won’t even MENTION that tax season is right around the corner – maybe on April 14th we’ll start thinking about that), and more.

De-cluttering and De-stressing

While cleaning off your desk is a worthy goal, I propose going even further, because frankly, at my level of disorganization, I could use Clean Out Your Closet Day, which will include finally donating those jeans that I haven’t been able to zip up since I was in my 20′s. Also, Clean Out Under Your Bathroom Sink Day – because, really, does anyone truly need four cans of almost empty hair spray, 16 different shades of brown eyes shadow, and countless prescription medications that expired in the mid-1990s? While we’re at it, I would embrace Clean Out Your Car Day because if I actually recycled my vast collection of empty water bottles, it could likely save the world.

First Step – Service Agreementappliance repair technician

Getting organized and de-cluttering can sometimes feel like a challenge, but studies show that the more streamlined you make your living space, your mind will follow suit. Sometimes, it starts with the first step – like getting the paperwork off your desk.

Being a homeowner requires you to hire lots of different companies for help and that means lots of bills and business cards and clutter.  With a Gold or Silver Service Agreement, you’re taking an important step towards organization. There is only ONE PHONE NUMBER you need for all or our services. Having a Service Agreement with Home-Tech means that when one of your appliances or your air conditioning stops working, all you have to do is make one call for 7 days a week service – even if it’s a weekend or a holiday. As well, Home-Tech offers plumbing and minor electrical repairs. Our friendly, professional technicians are at your beck and call – and you won’t have to file a bill on your desk, because if you have a Gold Service Agreement, service calls are free and unlimited (Silver Service Agreements mean only a minimal service fee).

Peace of mind comes with a Service Agreement and once you have peace of mind, you’ll be ready to tackle that desk – and closet, and car, and bathroom cupboard – and it’s the perfect way to start out a new year.

Diet Resolutions – Succeed with Fabulous Refrigerators

Diet2One of the top three universal New Year’s resolution has always been “to lose weight” (the other two are “to get in shape” and “to start dieting” – a little redundant, yes – but, at least those of us who make resolutions are consistent). And these days, we have fewer excuses because we have lots of nifty new gadgets to take us down the path to skinny jeans and smaller belt sizes.

There are Fit Bits that keep track of every calorie you consume and every calorie you burn, there are cell phones apps that get you off the couch and into a 5K, and of course there are blenders, juicers, and Nutribullets to turn kale into juice and carrots into soup.

Smoothie Dreams, Refrigeration Woes

When I received a Nutribullet for Christmas, I immediately headed straight to the produce aisle at the grocery and went completely insane. Armed with a gazillion recipes from Pinterest, I filled my cart with everything from mangoes to mint leaves, raw spinach to raw flax seeds, coconut water to cranberries – and, trust me, a cart full of healthy fresh produce is NOT cheap (whereas a big bag of nacho-flavored Doritos are only around $3.00 – it really is cheaper to stay chunky). So, when I arrived home and was reminded that my fridge has only two measly crisper drawers with no temperature control, my dreams of healthy smoothies were dashed. How to keep all these celery stalks and apples, and blueberries fresh while I’m still feeling resolute?

Climate Controlled Refrigerators to the Rescuecarousel-refrigeration-more_space

Home-Tech is proud to feature G.E. Café Series French Door Refrigerators with up to four separate drawers to easily handle your enthusiasm for fruits and vegetables (as well as cheese and lunch meats). Not only is there plenty of room, the drawers are climate controlled with a variety of customized settings and temperatures. Seriously state-of-the-art chic, stainless steel, and sleek, the G.E. café series compliments any kitchen and the French Doors lend the look of a built-in without the extra cost. Check them out in our Home-Tech showroom today.

You will also want to check the Whirlpool 4 Door French Door Model: WRX988SIB with it’s carousel system.

Shop Local, Shop Fresh

Once you’ve got the perfect fridge, you can pick up all the vitamin-packed goodness you can get your hands on. And if you’re looking for tasty, fresh locally grown produce, here are a few area farmers’ markets that are super popular this time of year:

  • The Green Market at the Alliance of the Arts, open every Saturday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the corner of McGregor Blvd. and Royal Palm Blvd. (10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers).
  • Third Street South Farmer’s Market, every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in downtown Naples on Third St.
  • Downtown Sarasota Farmer’s Market, every Saturday from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. located on Lemon Ave. at the intersection of Main St.

Happy shopping, happy storing!

Home-Tech Mixed & Mingled in 2014

champaigne glassesAs we get closer to the biggest party night of the year, New Year’s Eve, we’re looking back at some of the most fun and festive parties and events that Home-Tech folks got to sparkle at in 2014.

At Home-Tech, it’s never all work and no play – we love getting out in the community, supporting great causes, and meeting our customers outside of the showroom and service calls – we enjoy mixing and mingling with you guys, getting your feedback, and raising a glass to the future with you.

We’ve been thrilled to honor your Service Agreements 7 days a week, help you choose the best appliances, and have you as part of our Home-Tech family. Here’s to a healthy, successful, and fun 2015!

American Heart Association Has Our HeartSonya Sawyer Community Home-Tech

April . . .  we got decked out in our best red and black outfits and hit the Hyatt for the American Heart Association Heart Ball – a cause we’ve loved supporting for years!

Sonya Sawyer Awarded the Apex AwardSteve and Sonya Sawyer Apex Award

September . . . we all got dressed to the nines and headed to the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa to celebrate our awesome CFO Sonya Sawyer being honored with the ultimate in honors, the prestigious Apex Award.

Breakfast Party – Key to the Cure

October . . . meant a festive sunrise party – the Key to the Cure Breakfast at Saks Fifth Avenue, where we had a great time decorating our table and supporting local cancer charities.

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November . . .  meant it was time to get our little ones dressed up for the American Girl Fashion Show at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Estero where we thrilled to be a sponsor in support of Golisano Children’s Hospital.

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December . . .  our whole staff got glammed up, as we celebrate all our hard work with a fabulous Holiday Party complete with awards, pats on the backs, and plenty of dancing.

And that doesn’t even count all the celebrations we have at the office – between birthday celebrations, the Fourth of July, Halloween and more. We love to have fun – and a happy staff loves to make customers happy.

 

Ovens and Cooktops from Home-Tech Bring Comfort and Joy

P070576_11zWhile it never gets truly cold here in gorgeous Southwest Florida (after all, isn’t that why we’re here?), according to the National Weather Service, it actually got down to a frigid low 27 degrees on Christmas Eve of 1989. But, if you compare it to what the folks in Indiana in January of 1994 dealt with, which was 37 degrees below zero; our short little winters are downright balmy.

Christmas Comfort

Still, when there’s a little chill in the air and the Christmas tree is sparkling, there’s nothing more comforting than comfort food – and we’re not talking sushi, or a salad, or even soup – comfort food means macaroni and cheese, casseroles, and things made out of dough. Just out of the oven Christmas cookies are comforting, hot from the stove oatmeal is stick-to-your ribs delicious, and pretty much anything with cinnamon in it brings back memories of grandparents and fireplaces for the holidays.

Sparkling Cook Tops and Awesome OvensP080592_59z

At Home-Tech, we can’t provide snow or frost to get you into the holiday spirit, but we can provide you with state-of-the-art ovens and cook tops that will make your holiday comfort food come to life – like Electrolux Wall Ovens in a variety of sizes that currently come with very comforting rebates. There are also rebates on fabulously reviewed KitchenAid and Maytag cook tops.

Stop by our showroom and check out some of the models – and once you get one home, give Grandma’s homemade, comforting holiday cookies a try to keep you warm on a 70 degree Southwest Florida night. You know these are from back in the day, well, because Jell-O.

Colorful Holiday Jell-O Cookies

  • 3/4 cup margarine or butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 (3 ounce) package Jello (any flavor/color)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Cream margarine, sugar, jello and eggs together in a medium to large bowl.

Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

Roll dough into small balls and place on a greased and floured cookie sheet.

Flatten each with a fork.

Bake 6-8 minutes at 350 degrees or until lightly browned at the edges.

Raise the Bar with Home-Tech Appliances

HolidaySpirits ‘Twas just a few weeks ‘til Christmas and all through the house,

the martinis were shaken, but not enough to get totally soused.

 The Kegerator was delivered from Home-Tech with care,

and filled with beer in the hopes that guests would soon be there.

The wine bottles were all snug in the cooler from Home-Tech;

as I in my sparkles waited for arrivals with a glass of Malbec.”

 Perfect Parties

Yep, it’s officially holiday party season and time to get the home bar in order. That means bringing out the corkscrews, carafes, shakers, and flutes in time to toast the season or ring in the New Year. And while you’ll have to shop for the adult libations and research holiday cocktail recipes, Home-Tech can help with some appliances that’ll get this party started.

The Kegerator

Stop by the Home-Tech show room and check out the Kegerator. The Kegerator is not your frat boy’s keg – this appliance, for adults who love their beer cold, convenient, and on draft,  is especially great for entertaining and really completes an outdoor living area. But, whether inside or outside, the Kegerator is the beer aficionado’s best friend.

Wine Cooler Connoisseurwine cooler appliances holidays

There’s nothing like sliding an unopened bottle of wine that’s been stored in a wine cooler at the perfect temperature and uncorking it. You may not have the luxury of a wine cellar, but you can have the treat of a wine cooler – whether it’s built-in or stand-alone, you choose the perfect size for home and for your wine consumption – your party guests will love it.

Cheers!

“As the doorbell rang we sprang to our feet

A party was coming that can’t be beat.

Our guests had come, many from afar

And all is well, we’re loving our bar.”

 

 

 

Prep Kitchen Appliances for the Big Bird

ThanksgivingHave you ever felt like a holiday was so stealthy and sneaky that it crept up behind you, tapped you on the shoulder, and yelled, “BOO!”?

This year, Thanksgiving has been very, very quiet, as it sits patiently in the background, buried by tinsel, Christmas music, and holiday shopping. It seems like folks are so busy hanging wreaths and mistletoe that they’ve forgotten all about the poor neglected turkey. Well, guess what? Thanksgiving is this week! Stop licking stamps for Christmas cards and, with the help of Home-Tech, let’s start prepping the kitchen for the big bird.

Prepared Appliances are Happy Appliances

This is the time to check all of your kitchen appliances to make sure everything is in good working order – everything from the garbage disposal to the microwave needs to be checked and ready. We blogged about cleaning out the refrigerator recently and we can’t stress it enough – give both the freezer and the fridge good thorough cleanings to make room for all the groceries coming in – and of course, all the leftovers on the way.  If you have any trouble with your garbage disposal you might want to check out this tip video with advice from us to you.

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A Service Agreement Means a Happier Thanksgiving

If you have a Service Agreement with Home-Tech and one of your appliances needs repaired, we urge you to give us a call now so we can get everything in your kitchen up and running before the feast. Maybe you just need an extra appliance part or a burner on the oven is on the fritz – either way, we’re here for you. Oh – and speaking of ovens, don’t get bogged down by self-cleaning. You are going to get your oven dirty from cooking the Thanksgiving dinner.  It’s better to wait until after Thanksgiving when things have calmed down and you have less to worry about. And by “less”, we mean putting up the tree, figuring out what you’re wearing to 16 holiday parties, and finding the perfect recipe for egg nog. As for Thanksgiving, don’t say we didn’t warn you – don’t let all the tinsel blind you.

 

Convection Ovens Make Crunchier Chips for the Best Guacamole

SpicyGuacWhile the rest of America enjoys gourd season and hot apple cider and an unusually early winter, those of us in Southwest Florida are continuing to enjoy snacks with a decidedly more tropical vibe – because we can. Being as close as we are to the equator all year long, whether it’s shrimp, tropical fruit salad, or lobster bisque – it’s always in season around here. That’s why, for some, it may seem a little nontraditional to celebrate Spicy Guacamole Day in November, but not for us. Bring on the margaritas, the sombreros, and the chips – ole!

Guacamole Wars

The first bit of advice regarding spicy guacamole is to never, ever get into an argument with anybody from Arizona about the “perfect” guacamole, because when it comes to guac, it’s like the pizza rivalry between Chicagoans and New Yorkers – folks from Arizona think their guacamole is the best – Floridians, however, beg to differ. Arizona people like it with heavy-duty kick, whereas Florida folks prefer the cooler, thicker version. But, one thing we can all agree on – the fresher, warmer, and crispier the chips, the better.

Convection Oven Chips For The Win!chips and salsa

With a Convection Oven from Home-Tech, homemade tortilla chips are super easy and make store bought chips pale in comparison. Just cut your corn tortillas into eighths diagonally and spread them on a rack on a baking pan. Spritz them with some cooking spray and sprinkle with sea salt – in about 15 minutes, they’re ready to eat – and so delicious.  Why are they so much better?  Because a convection oven circulates hot air with a fan and that circulating air helps everything cook more quickly and to crisp up nicely.

Two “Perfect” Versions of Guac

If you want that spicy Arizona kick in your guac, try this: 1–3 fresh green chilies, depending on heat, and your taste, finely chopped 2 spring onions, thinly sliced handful of fresh cilantro, finely chopped 3 ripe Hess avocados,  1 ripe medium tomato, diced juice of 1 lime, salt

1. Put a teaspoon each of the chili, onion and cilantro into a pestle and mortar, along with a pinch of coarse salt, and grind to a paste.

2. Peel the avocados and remove the stone. Cut into cubes, then mash into a chunky paste, leaving some pieces intact.

3. Stir the chili paste into the avocado, and then gently fold in the tomatoes and the rest of the onions, chili and coriander. Add lime juice and salt to taste. Serve immediately, or cover the surface with cling film and refrigerate (leave the tomatoes out until you’re ready to serve).

The Cool Version

While the recipe above might make you sweat, the Florida avocado recipe below should cool you down: Two ripe Florida avocados, 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt, 1 Tbsp of fresh lime juice or lemon juice, 2 Tbsp to 1/4 cup of minced red onion or thinly sliced green onion, 2 cloves of garlic, minced, a dash of freshly grated black pepper, 1/2 ripe tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped.

Cut the avocados in half. Remove seed. Scoop out avocado from the peel, put in a mixing bowl. Using a fork, roughly mash the avocado. (Don’t overdo it – the guacamole should be a little chunky.) Sprinkle with salt and lime (or lemon) juice. The acid in the lime juice will help delay the avocados from turning brown. Add the chopped onion, garlic, and pepper. Place plastic wrap on the surface of the guacamole cover it and to prevent air reaching it. (The oxygen in the air causes oxidation which will turn the guacamole brown.) Refrigerate until ready to serve. Chilling tomatoes hurts their flavor, so if you want to add chopped tomato to your guacamole, add it just before serving.

Home-Tech Customers Happy with Air Conditioning Service and Appliance Repair

Atta Boy rectangle graphicIt takes a lot of cooperation among the employees of a company to provide excellent service to customers. Home-Tech has this down to a science, from the Customer Service rep that answers your call and schedules your appointment time, to the Dispatch Department that plans the route for the service technicians, to the technicians themselves who are trained in all major appliance repairs and ac service. It’s a well oiled machine. The icing on the cake is you, our customers, who are so willing to give the technicians such great Attaboys for their service. Thanks for doing that and we are going to keep sharing your good words!

Very, Very Tidy

James came to fix our air conditioning service, to service our air conditioning. We had an excellent service from him.He was incredibly thorough and very, very tidy, cleaned up and just a very good job done. Thank you very much.

Mrs. Coughlin, Sanibel

Shout Out to Customer ServiceNATE certified

For Peggy – Thank you for taking care of our problem. Our air conditioner was out and we really appreciate what you did for us.  We are very happy with your service.

The Catowskis

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I had Brian S come to my house this morning to fix a disposal in my sink.  Not only was he was very much on time, calm and professional, did a good job and cleaned up everything afterwards. I highly recommend him. Thank you for having someone service me who does such a good job.

T. Rosen

Very Professional

We had Pedro come out and service our air conditioning.  He was very professional. We really appreciate that. Thank you.

Mrs Indevery, Naples, FL

Service for a Dryer

I’m reporting on Nick. He came to my house last week to check and service my dryer.  We were very impressed. He was very professional.  We do appreciate that. Thank you.

J. Ostringer

A Great Employee

Yesterday one smart person came to my house and fixed my air conditioning. His name is Steve.  In my house I’ve never had a smart person like that. I just wanted to let you know he did an outstanding job.  He’s a great employee and very very smart. He did a great job. Tell him he did a great job. Thanks.

The Gobals, Venice, FL

 

Home-Tech takes the Scare out of Appliance Repair

tombstoneFor many folks, a brain-hungry hoard of flesh-eating zombies is scary — a dude in a Freddy Kreuger mask with a chain saw is terrifying – and for most of us, a scary clown jumping out from around a dark corner makes us scream.

It Gets Worse…

But, if you’re like me – there’s nothing more horrifying than a broken appliance or one that’s missing a part. I’d rather watch a marathon of “The Exorcist”, “The Shining”, and “Psycho” over and over again than contend with an air-conditioner on the fritz in the Southwest Florida heat. Seriously — instead of seeing my thermostat rise into the high-80s, I’d be far happier to see those creepy twin girls appear at the end of my hall, Linda Blair spray pea soup all over my wall, or meet  Norman Bates in my shower than lay around fanning myself frantically while I wait for a repair man to show up. In fact, I think “Broken A/C” would be a much more popular costume (in terms of scariness) then, say, a Demon Vampire or an Evil Doll. I mean, at least you can run away from a Demon Vampire or an Evil Doll. When you have a broken air-conditioner, you’re too hot and sweaty to run. In fact, instead of using decorations to create a haunted house in your home, just turn off the air and invite guests to come in and sit in the heat – it’s much scarier – especially if you lock the doors.

Scare Your Appliances Straight With a Service Agreementpumpkin with logo

Whether it’s an air-conditioner, kitchen appliance repair, washer, dryer, or more, you can stop the nightmares about broken appliances or missing parts with the security of a Home-Tech Service Agreement. We have a Gold Plan for all you ghouls that want extra protection and a Silver Plan for all the spooks that need to pay a little less – either way, we answer the question of who you’re going to call when your appliance busts – and that’s Home-Tech. Not just on Halloween, but for security the entire year.

And with Halloween so close, I need to get to work on my sexy “Broken A/C” costume. I’m thinking two used filters and maybe some galoshes? Maybe a little dress with thermostat that reads 89 degrees on it? Perhaps just a bunch of strategically placed tangled wires and I can just walk around making creaking noises and blowing hot air with a portable blow-dryer? I think I’m on to something here…

Excellent Appliance and AC Repair is Always the Home-Tech Trend

electrical service Home-TechWith it being the week of Halloween strange and spooky things start trending on the internet. Just a quick perusal this morning shows sexy Ebola nurse Halloween costumes taking the lead and causing quite the controversy. Right below that is puppy sized spiders. Yes, you read that right. They have found spiders in the Rainforest that are the size of actual puppies. (Remind me not to visit the Rainforest anytime soon).  And in other spectacular news – who knew – Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg can speak Chinese.

We like to keep the trending news here at Home-Tech a little more real. Employee owners continue to be involved in local charities, Home-Tech has recently joined the Bonita Springs and Naples Chambers of Commerce and the Attaboys keep pouring in for our well trained, professional appliance and AC repair technicians.

Always Happy to Do Business with Home-TechRepair Technicians Home-Tech

Shaun was very good with finding my problem and he stayed for an extra 5 /10 minutes to make sure everything was ok. He was very thorough. I had a technician earlier in the day who could not find the water release that had come out of the side of the house but he was very determined to find it and dug up and found it under my mulch and extended the pipe up and out. He was very good. I guess he didn’t put a cap on the inside handler so water was forced down through and out the side of the house and it worked and it didn’t work so that’s why Shaun had to come back. Anyway both guys were very good technicians. I’m always happy to do business with Home-Tech.

A. Schwindt

Good Work

Brian S made a call today and he was very polite and helpful and very quick and got done in a hurry replacing my disposal. It was good work. Thank you.

Mrs. Ebright

Very Good Service and Attitude

I wanted to compliment Steve on his service and his attitude.  It was very, very good. I had a good day. Thank you.

Mr. Fortune

AC repair technician Home-TechDedicated and Diligent

Pedro is a terrific young man, very dedicated and very diligent in working things out. He’s a great guy and a very good asset to your organization.

You Guys are Great

I just had an employee of yours stop by and do my air conditioning check. James is a very excellent employee. Did everything well. He’s very special and I can’t say more about him or Home-Tech. You guys are great.

C. Sogasi